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Isn’t it ironic that the current occupant of the White House should cry “foul,” alleging “presidential abuse?" This from the man who repeatedly, over several months, accused former president Obama of being a fraud, demanding to see his birth certificate, alleging that Mr. Obama wasn’t born in America and that he was a Muslim in disguise.

The current occupant of the White House also alleges that Congress never investigated the Obama administration. A lie. Congressional committees looked into a failed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms sting program dubbed Operation Fast and Furious; they investigated how the Internal Revenue Service purportedly focused on conservative groups to reject their applications for nonprofit status; they investigated the failed launch of the website meant to sell Affordable Care Act policies; they investigated a federal loan to a solar-panel company called Solyndra as a purported example of “crony capitalism” on behalf of Obama’s friends; and, of course, they investigated the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, over and over. What wasn’t investigated was Mr. Obama’s private businesses because he had none. We know that because he released his tax returns.

Republicans, including the current White House occupant, understood that a central point of many of these investigations was to cast Obama and Clinton in an unfavorable light, with the potential side benefit of digging up information that was politically damaging. Now that House Democrats are instigating politically motivated investigations, he cries foul. Can we say hypocritical?

Robert B. Harris, Ph.D

Albany (Feb. 7)

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